Stories That Move explores narrative form through an adaptation of a story by author Trudy White. The viewer is invited to participate in a 19th century storytelling medium known as the moving panorama, or crankie. In a crankie performance, an illustrated scroll is cranked across an open frame. Crankies are often accompanied by live music, and this crankie is no exception: the movement of the scroll triggers songs and sound effects.
The crankie medium kindles a kind of nostalgia and emotional potency that cannot be entirely replicated by modern animation. Through the addition of interactive elements, Stories That Move hopes to create a narrative experience that will truly come alive for those who (like the story’s protagonist) come upon this peculiar machine.